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Friend gave a ride to wanted man suspected of faking his own death
By QMI Agency


Police search Lake Ontario for a possible suicide victim. A friend dropped the man and his son off near Lake Ontario in Port Hope on April 7, police said Friday. (PETE FISHER/QMI AGENCY)


PETERBOROUGH, ONT. - A friend of a wanted man — who police suspect may have faked his own death to avoid trial — drove the accused and his 18-year-old son to the shore of Lake Ontario on April 7, shortly before the pair disappeared, Peterborough police said Friday.

Investigators suspect the accused, 49, may have faked his own death to avoid his upcoming criminal trial on multiple sex-related offences and attempted murder.

His son was expected to be a key Crown witness in the trial.

The two can’t be named because of a court-ordered publication ban.

The accused’s father woke up on the morning of April 7 and found his suicide note. The son was reported missing hours later.

Police said they have learned the friend dropped the two off at about 10 p.m. that night.


The friend told police he didn’t know what the two were going to do next, but the accused said he wanted to spend time at one of his favourite places, the Lake Ontario shoreline in Port Hope.

He was wearing a brown and green camouflage-style hunting coat. The son was carrying a backpack that appeared to be full.

Port Hope police found the man’s clothing, shoes and another note on the shoreline. But no body, or bodies, have been recovered and police don’t know if the man actually walked into the water.

Police believe the two may be alive and travelling together.

Investigators believe family and friends have more information and have urged them to come forward.








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